Bundling internet and TV won't always save you money, but it is convenient. Here are the best bundles to look for.
There was a time when the savings that came with bundling internet and TV made it the logical thing to do. Then, as TV providers raised prices and streaming changed the way we watched TV, bundling became less rewarding.
Still, there is a decent selection of cheap internet and TV bundles to choose from. Though savings are now harder to come by, some bundles may come with discounts or other special offers. Savings, or lack thereof, all depends on what you're looking for and what's available in your area.
You'll find my picks for the best cheap internet and TV bundle packages below, as well as what's included with them and what it may cost to upgrade to a better TV package with more channels and local sports. Keep in mind that pricing and availability vary by location.
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The cheapest AT&T internet and TV bundle comes with max download and upload speeds of 300Mbps and at least 75 live streaming channels.
On the internet side of the bundle, AT&T Fiber 300 is one of the best internet deals available starting at just $55 per month with equipment and unlimited data included. As for the TV, DirecTV Stream's Entertainment package includes popular channels such as AMC, ESPN, HGTV, TNT and others including your local networks, starting at $65 per month for the first three months, then $75 per month thereafter.
If you want your regional sports networks (the primary reason many have a traditional TV subscription, myself included) you'll need to upgrade to the Choice package, which starts at $90 per month for three months, $100 after, bringing the lowest bundle price up to $145. Also, be prepared for a regional sports fee that will add $10 or more to your bill.
Cox once had the best TV and internet bundle discounts of any major provider: Up to 60% or higher in savings compared to if you purchased services separately. Those bundle discounts aren't available anymore, unfortunately.
Cox Internet Essential starts at $50 per month, but when you add an actual TV service (not the TV Streaming package, which is little more than a streaming device rental for $5 per month), the price jumps to $154. You will get a decent channel lineup for the added cost, however, as 140 or so networks including your regional sports channels come with the package.
About that "streaming" bundle. It doesn't include any live channels. In fact, there is no content with the streaming bundle at all, other than a free subscription to Peacock Premium (normally $5 per month). What customers do get, for an extra $5 per month, is the Cox Contour Stream Player. It's a pretty nifty streaming device but, again, does not include any live channels, and that monthly fee means it will quickly cost more than a good streamer like the Roku Express Plus 4K.
Frontier stopped offering its own TV service to new customers and instead now partners with providers like DirecTV, Dish and YouTube TV to sell internet and TV bundles. The YouTube TV bundle is the best deal as it's the only one to come with a discount -- $10 off per month for the first year.
When it comes to home internet, Frontier didn't get our best review but that's largely due to the DSL side of the service. Frontier Fiber is easier to recommend as the cheapest internet bundle comes with impressive starting speeds of up to 500Mbps.
As for YouTube TV, CNET's Ty Pendlebury named it "the best premium live TV streaming service." Your subscription comes with an assortment of at least 85 channels and includes your locals as well as channels you'll actually want to watch like AMC, ESPN, HGTV, TBS and USA. Most regional sports networks are not included, however, so you may want to consider bundling Frontier internet with the DirecTV Choice package if those are must-haves.
Mediacom is one of the few providers that doesn't sell stand-alone TV service. To get TV, you have to sign up for internet, which means there are technically no discounts for bundling because there are no TV plans to compare the pricing. Still, Mediacom has comparatively low bundle pricing, especially when it comes to its cheapest bundle. Internet 100 and Local TV starts at just $35 per month.
The Internet 100 plan is $25 per month on its own, which means adding the Local TV package will only cost you an additional $10 per month. That's a pretty good deal, even if it is just your local channels.
For a little more channel variety, consider upgrading to Essential TV, which has 125-plus channels starting at $75 per month when bundled with Internet 100. And if you want regional sports networks, or any sports networks at all, including ESPN, you'll need to upgrade to the Variety TV package starting at $95 per month when bundled.
Mediacom does not offer any internet and streaming TV bundles, but if you plan to do some streaming using your Mediacom internet service, be mindful of the data cap. The Access Internet 60 plan comes with a data cap of 200GB per month and a fee of $10 for each 50GB block needed to compensate for your overage. Faster Mediacom internet plans come with more data, up to 6TB with gig service, but they will cost you a bit more per month, of course.
Like Mediacom, Optimum requires you to bundle with internet to get TV service, so there's no real "discount" available, but the bundles are still fairly priced. The cheapest internet and TV bundle, Optimum Internet 300 and Basic TV, starts at $70 ($40 for internet, $30 for TV) per month for download speeds up to 300Mbps and a channel lineup that includes mostly just your local networks.
For more channels, including your regional sports networks, you'll have to upgrade to Optimum Core TV. It will cost you a little more, $45 extra per month to be exact, but the added cost is well worth it. The package comes with more than 100 additional channels and includes regional sports channels like MSG and Yes Network.
Spectrum likes to keep it simple and we like that, which is partly why the provider earned our top spot among best cable internet providers. There's nothing fancy to the Spectrum Internet and TV Select bundle, but it will fit the needs of many households with download speeds up to 300Mbps and 125 TV channels, including regional sports networks, starting at $110 per month.
Internet service comes with a free modem and unlimited data with a low and optional router rental fee of just $5. Expect a few more fees with the TV service, such as a hefty broadcast fee (it's over $20 in my region), plus an $11 rental fee for each HD box you add.
Verizon Fios and Your Fios TV is unique in that you get to choose five of your favorite networks and Verizon will custom-create a channel lineup of 125 or so networks based on your selections. That's pretty cool in itself, but the starting price of $125 for internet speeds up to 300Mbps and 125 channels is an excellent value.
Your regional sports networks aren't an option with the Your Fios TV package, unfortunately. For that, you'll need to upgrade to the More Fios TV package, starting at a bundled price of $150 per month when paired with Verizon Fios 300.
Finally, a decent discount for bundling internet and TV. Xfinity rewards customers for bundling with $10 off per added service, which means you can save $20 per month when getting Xfinity internet and TV together.
The bundle discount is available regardless of the internet plan or TV package you choose, including the cheapest combination: Xfinity Connect and Choice TV. Starting at around $60 per month depending on what the broadcast fee Xfinity charges in your area, this Xfinity bundle offers speeds up to 75Mbps and a cable package that includes mostly just your local channels.
For $50 or so more per month (again, exact pricing and fees vary by location), you can upgrade to the Xfinity Popular TV package, which comes with 125 channels including your regional sports networks. Upgrading your internet plan may be also worth the added cost as well -- Xfinity has five faster speed tiers, up to gig service with max speeds of 1,200Mbps in select locations -- but if 70Mbps and local channels are all you need, you can't go wrong with Xfinity Connect and Choice TV.
If you plan on getting internet and TV anyway, you might as well bundle them. But before you do, make sure you're getting the internet speeds you need and the channels you want without a cheaper option available elsewhere.
Signing up for a $70 cable package just to watch AMC, ESPN and TBS, for example, could have you paying more than necessary. Live TV streaming services offer similar channels to cable and often cost less -- Sling TV, for example, has those three channels and costs just $35. Additionally, many providers sell a "basic" or "locals only" TV package that charges you for channels you can get over the air for free with a digital antenna. On the other hand, if you want regional sports networks, a cable TV package may be your best (and sometimes only) option.
To make things just a little more complicated, many internet providers now offer an internet and streaming bundle with streaming services such as YouTube TV, Sling TV, or their own exclusive streaming service in addition to traditional TV. We've included those bundles, when cheap, in the list above.
Bundling internet and TV together may come with a monthly discount depending on the provider. Xfinity offers a bundle discount, but others including AT&T, Cox and Verizon Fios currently do not. Even if there is no discount available, bundling services may still save you money by cutting or combining installation and equipment costs.
Many DSL and fiber providers, such as CenturyLink and Frontier, do not offer stand-alone TV service and instead partner with national providers, like DirecTV and Dish, or streaming services to offer bundles. In these cases, you'll be bundling internet and TV with different providers, and possibly get a discount for doing so.
If you just want internet from a fiber provider and TV from your local cable provider, however, a bundled package, especially one with a discount, is doubtful. There are no bundles, for example, available that combine internet from AT&T Fiber and TV from Xfinity.
That depends on your entertainment demands. While on-demand streaming platforms like Disney Plus, Hulu and Netflix often come at a lower monthly price than most cable packages, they do not offer live channels. Streaming services that do have live TV -- like Hulu Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV -- may come at a monthly cost that approaches the price of a cable package. Equipment costs are typically lower and there may be more exclusive content available with a streaming service versus traditional cable, however.
The bottom line is, like with home internet, choosing the cheapest TV option (streaming or otherwise), may not suit your needs. Before signing up for an internet and TV bundle, make sure the package includes the internet speeds you need and the channels you want.